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 Daniel Dyer

Daniel Dyer

Birth
Simsbury, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Death 8 May 1814 (aged 64)
Canton, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Burial Canton, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Memorial ID 37544361 · View Source
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Daniel was well-educated and became a civil engineer as well as a distiller of cider brandy -- the latter occupation being handed down to his sons. A well-respected citizen of the area, Daniel served in the American Revolution. He first joined the army in the town of New Hartford in Apr il of 1775 upon the first battle cries from Lexington and Concord. Daniel Dyer served three days on the Lexington Alarm from New Hartford (Connecticut Men in the Revolution, p. 17); also as Sergeant of Capt. Zaccheus Case's Company, Colonel Hooker's Regiment, from 12 April 1777, to 27 May 1777. (Ibid., p. 499.) Bible study was a major hobby of Daniel's, and it is said that he was so familiar with the testaments "that if any two verses were repeated, with the name of the book, he could tell the chapter in which they occurred. "The Commemorative Biographical Record of Hartford County says that he was a life-long resident of West Simsbury (which became Canton in 1806 with that town's incorporation), and was additionally occupied with farming and stock-raising. However, we find that the births of his first and second children were recorded in Simsbury in 1776 and 1778, yet those born later are said (by Harrison Gray Dyar) to have been born at Harwinton, Litchfield, Ct. The 1790 census of Simsbury lists two Daniel Dyer families, with exactly the same numbers and categories of members: two males over 16 (Daniel & ?) and two males under 16 (Norman & Zenas), and four females (mother Sarah, Sarah, Chloe and Candace).Daniel Dyer's family is not listed in the 1810 census of CT, though there is no reason to believe that the family was anywhere but in the Simsbury/Canton area that year. Another indication that he continued in the area is that his brother John, in his will dated 1 MAY 1789, appointed him as executor of his estate -- a will that was probated on 25 FEB 1793. Daniel Dyer died on his farm, and his death was noted in three of the Connecticut newspapers of the time.* His will, dated 19 JUN 1812, mentions (with legacies) his wife Sarah; daughters Candace (1872-1877), the wife of Ashbel MOSES; Panthea (1793-1878); Sarah (1776-1861), wife of Enoch LEAVITT; Chloe ( 1778-1863), wife of Uriah HOPKINS; and sons Norman (1786-1856) and Zen as (1788-1856). Both sons were declared as Daniel's executors and received the bulk of the estate valued at $14,349.41 (composed of $4,048. 41 in personal estate; $2,780 in lands occupied by Zenas Dyer; $7,416 in lands occupied by the deceased Daniel; and $105 for crops in the ground at the time of his death). He was buried in Canton #1 cemetery. A few items in the inventory of the estate are of some interest. One is a "Japan Coffee pot" valued at 34 cents -- how this arrived in DYER hands is unknown, and is particularly curious since Japan was not forcibly opened for trade with the West until 1855. Daniel's volume of cider brandy production can be seen by his at-home inventory of 185 gallons, and 10 hogsheads (large casks often containing 63 to 140 gallons each) at the distillery. Daniel had also invested in local improvements, and owned some $214.62 worth of Talcott Mountain Turnpike shares and $193. 40 in shares in the Farmington River Turnpike. The former investment could not have hurt the value of the three acres of orchard (presumably apples for cider brandy) that he owned near the Talcott Mountain Turnpike. The farm of Daniel's, occupied by Zenas DYER, was 28 acres in extent and contained a cider mill. The land lived on by Daniel was 205 1/4 acres and also contained a cider mill. Some of the land on the latter farm was located next to Colonel Dyer 's place, although which Colonel Dyer this could be is a mystery -- the only two Col. Dyers being Col. Thomas Dyer (1694-1766) of Windham, Windha m, Ctecticut, and Col. John Dyer (1692-1 779) of Canterbury, Connecticut; while 67 acres were in the town of Farmington "on Whorthbury hill (so called)". His books listed were a small Bible, three volumes of Gordon's American War, two volumes of Enfield's His tory of Philosophy, The Statutes of Connecticut, Christ Unveiled, and two maps: one of the United States and one of Canada.


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Revolutionary War
Sgt. Daniel Dyer
Capt. Case's Co.
Died May 8, 1814
AE. 64.


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  • Maintained by: Peggy (Fry) Dahler
  • Originally Created by: Kelly in CT
  • Added: 26 May 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 37544361
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Daniel Dyer (19 Sep 1749–8 May 1814), Find A Grave Memorial no. 37544361, citing Canton Street Cemetery, Canton, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Peggy (Fry) Dahler (contributor 47004679) .